How to Conserve Water in Your Garden
Do you want to learn how to conserve water in your garden?
Green lawns and a flourishing garden will make you the envy of the neighborhood but at what cost to the
environment and your wallet?
The need for water increases for industry and domestic use at a pace which outstrips demand in many of our
The cost of storing water and piping it long distances rises every year and demand shortages occur on a regular
The solution is literally in our own hands to conserve our precious supply and use it more effectively.
The first thing to do is to check your piping for leakage, which shows graphically as patches of green in dry
lawns or strips that are more luxuriant in the garden.
Old pipes can be broken by tree roots or junctions affected by earth movement.
Make sure you have no leaky seals on taps as a drip can cost you 1000 gallons in a year!
Water effectively. Dispense with spray systems that go all over paths and gravel drives and timers that operate
during the heat of the day.
Evaporation is a huge waste of water, time and effort.
In fact to be most effective you should look only to water with a hand held hose during the early morning and
evening. If your kids need cooling down then spray them and the lawn at the same time and make a game of it.
Use compost in the garden which has the benefit of retaining
moisture and preventing evaporation. Even mulch or bark chip can provide a layer of protection as well as keeping
weeds down. Properly composted gardens can mean you need less than 30% of the water of ordinary soils and your
plants will grow so much better naturally.
Recycle your own water from washing or kitchen use as some of the green detergents will contain trace elements
valuable as fertilizers for plants and vegetables.
Grey water systems that are cheap to install can be
effective in conserving water, but don't go for the ones that need large amounts of energy to pump water to where
it is needed. No point in solving one problem by replacing it with another cost to the household!
If you can, collect rainwater especially from roofs without any potential heavy metal residues.
Rainwater tanks are easy to install for the average DIY green
energy enthusiast and can give you a reservoir to fall back on when others around you have watering
restrictions. The only problem with this is explaining to your neighbors in drought times why you have a green
Get rid of that pool or spa if you use it infrequently. Thousands of gallons just sitting there may appear
visually attractive but what is the real cost. Filling a pool can use as much water you use at home in three months
of washing and bathing.
Replant the space and create a restful area that will give you just as much pleasure without the need to clean
the pool or use chemicals to make it usable. Domestic pools are not the sale feature they used to be as people see
the cost of filling, cleaning and treating rise each year.
The stark fact is that pools may attract excess taxes to discourage water being used in this way so pools may
become a liability in the future not an asset! The greening of our gardens may only be viable if we do learn to
conserve and store this precious resource.
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